Volvo C30 T5 Air Intake is engineered and constructed to provide
maximum power and torque gains for the T5 engine. Can be used with or
without the ELEVATE Turbo Intake Pipe. This is achieved by increasing
both flow and capacity when compared to the stock air box.
Power gains are dependent on the state of tune of the engine, but
even a mildly tuned engine will see a power gain of +7whp and +12ftlb of
torque at the wheels. The higher the engine output, the more effective
our Air Intake becomes as additional air flow is required by the
We start with a high quality, washable and reusable dry air filter.
The tapered oval design of our air filter element has almost 2.5 times
the surface area of the stock panel air filter, allowing maximum air
flow and larger area to filter the incoming air. The air filter is
covered with a removable, washable water repellent cover which allows
air to freely pass through, yet keeps water out. The water repellent
cover also lengthens the time between air filter cleanings.
Our precision bent 3.5" diameter aluminum tube is has a bright silver
powder coated finish inside and out to help reflect heat and stay
looking great. We tested both 3" and 3.5" diameter piping and found the
3.5" pipe to make power that a 3" intake pipe simply couldn't. The
pipe has a machined pin welded to attach the pipe to a factory mounting
point on the lower inlet manifold for an easy, secure installation. The
intake hose is connected to the MAF sensor using our silicone hose and
included clamps. Your choice of silicone hose color in Blue, Red or
The factory air box has mounting and cooling provisions for the ECU.
Our Air Intake has a black powder coated aluminum bracket that mounts
the ECU in the engine bay with plenty of air flowing over its cooling
fins. We have tested this design for over three years with prolonged
use in some of the hottest parts of California (outside temperatures
over 110 degrees F, 43 degrees C), to prove to ourselves that the ECU
has sufficient cooling. Additionally, we trust the Ford engineers who
mount the ECU in a similar location WITHIN a plastic box (no direct air
flowing through) on the famous and powerful Ford Focus RS which shares
the T5 engine (albeit with a larger turbo).
Why not a "cold intake system"?
The cooler the air that reaches the combustion chamber, the better as
cooler air is richer in oxygen to assist in the burn of the power
stroke. Reality is, on a turbocharged vehicle, the importance of "cold"
air is far less of a factor than on a normally aspirated vehicle. On a
turbocharged vehicle, the incoming air is pressurized by the turbo,
where it heats up significantly, then passes through an intercooler to
be cooled back down before it passes the throttle body and enters the
engine. On a normally aspirated vehicle, the air goes straight into the
engine without being heated by the turbocharger. Our air filter is
located low and in front of the engine behind the radiator, where a
constant flow of air is fed as the car is at speed and even at a stop
when the fan turns on. While the water temperature may be 180 degrees F
(82 degrees C) inside the radiator, a radiator is not so efficient that
it expels all of its heat to the ambient air passing through it. When
at speeds over 15mph (24kph), there is sufficient ram air passing
through the radiator that the actual air temperature increase by the
heat being expelled by the air conditioning condenser and radiator is
Installation is easily accomplished by the do-it-yourselfer with some
automotive skill and hand tools. Premium hardware and detailed
instructions are included.